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Winter 2018 (December Issue)

Fostering Creativity......


reativity is an essential skill (along with critical thinking, collaboration, and communication) that students need in order to be successful in the 21st Century. Creative students are better at making changes, solving new problems, expressing themselves through the arts, and more.


At Discovery Mind we define creativity as ‘having the ability to make new things or think of new ideas.’ We believe that creative classrooms can really transform the way children learn and how they apply this learning in their real life. We aim to embrace and nurture creativity, to build environments where students’ imaginations are nourished and where failure provides the opportunity to learn.

造力(以及批判思維,協作和溝通能力)是 孩子在廿一世紀中取得成功所必需的基本 技能。富創造力的學生更善於改變、解決新問 題,及通過藝術來表達自己等等。 在弘志,我們將「創造力」定位為「有能力去創 造新事物或對事物擁有新概念」。 我們相信具創造性的教室 能引導孩子去學習,並有 效地將他們所學的應用於 生活中。我們以擁抱及培 養創造力為目標,提供 從錯誤或失敗中學習的機 會,讓孩子建立出一個能 發揮想像的環境,並得到 滋養。


How important is creativity?

創意有多重要? 教育學者Ken Robinson爵士曾在他的一次TED演 講中提及:

In one of his TED talks, education scholar Sir Ken Robinson says: Creativity now is as important in education as literacy. We should treat it with the same status.” Creativity is a natural ability that is found in every young learner. Unfortunately, traditional classrooms don’t always value creativity, and sometimes even hold it back. Our role as teachers is to nurture creativity at every opportunity.

Exploration of a novel idea


創造力是在每個年輕學習者上都能被發掘的自然 能力。創造力在傳統的教室中會視為較次要,間 中亦會被局限。因此,作為教育者,我們必須抓 緊每個機會去培養孩子的創造力。

Play Centre 15 months to 3 years old

or our younger children, our learning environment supports both creativity and innovation. This is done by providing an abundance of opportunities for different types of creative play experiences. Such environments include, but are not limited to, building blocks, play dough, recycled materials, measurement tools, items found outside, buckets, balls, and arts and crafts supplies to encourage creativity and innovation. Our learning spaces provide easy access to materials with displays of children’s work to inspire ideas and conversations.


「現在,創造力與教育是同樣重要的。我們應以 相同的態度來看待二者。」

Role play - Doctor, nurse and patient

弘志這裏,我們的學習環境支持創造力和 創新。我們通過不同類型的建構性遊戲體 驗來提供大量實踐機會。這樣的環境不限於操弄 積木、玩橡皮泥、使用回收材料、測量工具,甚 至在戶外找到的物品、水桶、球和美勞材料,均 是鼓勵創造和創新的媒體。這些創作空間可以輕 鬆地展示兒童作品,也能激發其想法和對話。


We are Creators


hildren are capable of expressing their creative thoughts and feelings through many activities, including painting, writing, drawing, role play, dance, movement, and scientific exploration.


Creativity can be expressed in many forms such as how a child approaches a task or a new problem. Part of creativity is learning to innovate. Innovation with young children is how they test their thinking and interact with their world. Children often start by imitating observed behaviours and begin to innovate using novel ideas or solutions if typical approaches do not work.

童能夠透過許多活動表達他們的創造性思 維和感受,包括油繪、寫作、繪畫、角色 扮演、舞蹈、運動和科學探索。 創造力可以以多種形式表達,例如兒童如何接受 任務或面對新問題。創意源於學習創新。與幼兒 一起創新是讓他們測試自己的思想如何與他們的 世界互動。如果故有的方法不起作用時,兒童會 靠模仿觀察到的行為,並開始加入自己的元素, 使用新穎的想法來解決方案。

Kindergarten 3 to 6 years old

Making Gingerbread men.

Ice cubes!

“I made some eggs for my nest.”

“I am building a castle!”




he time to begin preparing children for the challenges and demands of the future is when they are young. Children in the early years are curious, imaginative and excited learners. We create learning experiences and environments that tap into that natural curiosity, imagination and excitement. This includes not only supporting emerging skills in reading, writing, math, language and science but also most importantly, the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, and social-emotional development. Children need to begin to develop the early foundational skills that will help them reason, think creatively, analyse data, and work collaboratively in the future.

兒期是一個讓孩子們迎接挑戰和了解未來 需求之良好時機。處於幼兒期的兒童是充 滿好奇心、富有想像力和興奮的學習者。 我們充分利用兒童本能的好奇心、想像力和興奮 的元素來為兒童創造學習體驗和環境。這不僅支 持兒童閱讀、寫作、數學、語言和科學方面的發 展,更重要的是支援與發展廿一世紀的批判性思 維、協作、溝通、創造力和社會情感發展之技 能。兒童越早開始發展這些基礎技能,越能助他 們於將來進行推理、創造性思考及掌握分析數據 的能力,並在未來進行協同性工作。

Imagination and creativity in practice at the beach picnic.

At Discovery Mind, 21st Century learning skills are developed in Early Childhood

Creative displays Hong Kong transport

在弘志,廿一世紀的學 習技能是於兒童的早期 階段發展起來的

“What colour is fire?” 4



hildren are able to move freely within play areas to innovate and create based on their interests with time to create and save work. Creativity and innovation go beyond art activities and also occur while children are making up games in the playroom, building with blocks, or pretending during dramatic play. Our learning goal is to encourage the children to express their thoughts and ideas and learn from others.

子們可以自由地前往遊戲區域進行建構活 動,並根據個人的興趣和時間創造,繼而 保存自己的作品。創造力和創新超越了單純的藝 術活動,而兒童在遊戲室裏自由遊戲時,會利用 積木來建構遊戲,或者投入角色扮演遊戲中,這 旨在鼓勵孩子們表達自己的想法,並從他人身上 學習。

Block building

Dance For Joy - Jazz, hip-hop, ballet...... Innovation - making meaning of and understanding the world.

Recycling crafts



Primary School - 6-11 Years Old


t DMPS we aim to provide tailor made learning opportunities for each of our children that ensure:

in learning to resolve life’s challenges. ‘Discovery Projects’ at DMPS helps develop creativity and critical thinking skills through providing our learners with the opportunity Creative approaches to content. to work for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a real life Creative approaches to teaching and problem or situation. learning. These activities help It is the supreme Opportunities for children prepare students for the to be creative across the 21st century workplace. art of the teacher curriculum. Children work to identify to awaken joy in the problem, gather One of the ways that we do creative expression information, generate this is through our Discovery possible solutions, work and knowledge. Projects. collaboratively to solve the problem and then Every day in our lives we are – Albert Einstein communicate their ideas presented with problems to to others. solve. Children need practice

Year 5 and 6 children have presented Ted Talks; raising awareness of environmental issues.

Year 4 children have produced a guide book for new families to the local area.


Year 3 children are currently working with an artist in residence as part of the Pictures, Paintings and photographs project.

Year 2 children recently organised an exhibition to inform others of the range of activities available in Tung Chung.

Contact Us Discovery Bay

Discovery Mind International Play Centre and Kindergarten 401, Marina Commerical Centre, G/F., 2-8 Coastline Villa, Peninsula Village T 2987 8088 Discovery Mind Primary School 1/F, Shop 102, 92 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay North Plaza T 2914 2202

Tung Chung

Discovery Mind International Play Centre and Kindergarten G/F., Seaview Crescent, 8 Waterfront Road T 2987 8070 Discovery Mind Primary School G/F., Shop A-D, Seaview Crescent, 8 Waterfront Road T 2915 0666

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Discovery Mind Winter Newsletter December 2018  
Discovery Mind Winter Newsletter December 2018